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British Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War

Wednesday 29th March


British Volunteers in the 1937 battles of the Spanish Civil War by Ray Wilkinson


A lecture and sandwich lunch 12.30 - 2.00 pm Wednesday 29th March 2017. Hosted by The Fusiliers Museum London in the Officer's Mess of The Royal, Regiment of Fusiliers, HM Tower of London.


During the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939, despite massive establishment resistance to them going, nearly 2,500 men and women left Britain to fight for the Spanish Republic. Most were ordinary working class people, many were deeply socialist, some were even staunch Communists, but all were vehemently anti-fascist.

Ray Wilkinson, Chief Executive of East Anglia Reserve Forces & Cadets Association and an Accredited Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides, has been fascinated for many years by the activities of the British Volunteers who fought in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War. He will talk about those volunteers, why they went to fight in someone else’s war, and their actions in February exactly 80 years ago.

In the context of what’s happening now in the Middle East this talk about a war that involved a clash of ideologies, drawing volunteers, contributors, and journalists to it from all over the world, is highly topical.

Our hosts will be the Fusiliers Museum and the event includes a sandwich lunch, a glass of wine and the opportunity to network in the exclusive surroundings of the Fusiliers mess in HM Tower of London. If you would like to attend this lunchtime talk, please make a donation of £25 for each attendee (£20 for members of the Battlefields Trust) to the JustGiving website below, and email your name, contact number and any special requirements (dietary/mobility) to On receipt, email confirmation will be sent together with directions to the venue. If you have any questions, please ring 0207 387 6620. We look forward to welcoming you.


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The booking deadline for this event is Monday 27th March 2017.


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